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Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King's College (Empire State Building), in New York City.  A convert to the faith, he is a speaker and author of over 75 books.  

In his book, Prayer for Beginners, Kreeft writes:

"Eating keeps your body alive, and a prayer keeps your soul alive.  Praying is more important than eating because your soul is more important than your body. Your soul is more important than your body because your soul is you, your personality, your self.  You will get a new body after death, in the resurrection at the end of the world.  But you will not get a new soul; you will only purify and sactify your old one, because you are your soul.  The "you" that will get a new body is your soul.

Praying keeps your soul alive because prayer is real contact with God, and God is the life of your soul as the soul is the life of the body.  If you do not pray, your soul will wither and die, just as, if you do not eat, your body will wither and die"

Isn't it interesting how we can simply not pray, or even forget to pray at different times? I don't know about you, but I don't often forget about eating!

Setting up intentional prayer time is something that is extremely important in our day and age.  The voice of the world is much louder than the voice of God.

Right before we went on a retreat in college seminary, a priest spiritual director of mine said to me: "In the silence, God speaks." 

I thought, well great, that's nice Father.  But, his statement proved to be true.  It's difficult to hear the voice of God when the world is loud, the TV is on, and thoughts are racing through one's head as to where little Johnny needs to be taken next...the dog needs to be picked up from the vet, perhaps even the roof is leaking, etc.   

We have so many distractions in our lives and the world around us.  It's imperative to set aside time to be with God.  It is essential to feed our souls.

This next week, if you do not have a set time or period which you pray, I challenge you to give God 10 minutes on 3 different days this next week and see how God will transform your life.

GOD CANNOT BE OUTDONE IN GENEROSITY.  Whatever we give to Him, He give us back a hundred times as much!

-Deacon Joshua R. Evans

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